Soundings

The new expert panel

BMJ 1995; 311 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.311.7018.1510 (Published 02 December 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:1510
  1. Trisha Greenhalgh, general practitioner
  1. London

    One of the advertised highlights at a recent conference of the British Diabetic Association was an expert panel discussion on hypoglycaemic unawareness. The subject had all the features needed to attract a packed and attentive audience—a clinical problem which is common, simple to conceptualise, and potentially fatal; a complex and hotly disputed physiological cause; controversy about a definition and even about the key symptoms; rumour that a cure was around the corner; and speculation, widely reported in the popular press, that a pharmaceutical industry cock-up (the introduction of human insulin) was the explanation for an alleged increase in incidence.

    The first of the experts, a consultant physician, outlined the …

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